Wilhelm Humboldt Quotes

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"Whatever does not spring from a man's free choice, or is only the result of instruction and guidance, does not enter into his very being, but still remains alien to his true nature; he does not perform it with truly human energies, but merely with mechanical exactness." Wilhelm Humboldt
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"However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Morality   

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"If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind." Wilhelm Humboldt
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History    Revolutions And Revolutionaries   

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"We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offense, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally; but, so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Blasphemy   

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"I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Happiness   

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"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united" Wilhelm Humboldt
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Body   

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"War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Culture    War   

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"Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Rest   

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"Man is more disposed to domination than freedom; and a structure of dominion not only gladdens the eye of the master who rears and protects it, but even its servants are uplifted by the thought that they are members of a whole, which rises high above the life and strength of single generations." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Totalitarianism   

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"If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Police   

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"It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Man   

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"Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take with us" Wilhelm Humboldt
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"Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Force   

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"Language makes infinite use of finite media." Wilhelm Humboldt
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"The true end of man, or that which is prescribed by the eternal and immutable dictates of reason, and not suggested by vague and transient desires, is the highest and most harmonious development of his powers to a complete and consistent whole." Wilhelm Humboldt
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"The government is best which makes itself unnecessary." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Government   

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"If it were not somewhat fanciful to suppose that every human excellence is presented, as it were, in one kind of being, we might believe that the whole treasure of morality and order is enshrined in the female character." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Excellence    Women   

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"Freedom is but the possibility of a various and indefinite activity; while government, or the exercise of dominion, is a single, yet real activity. The longing for freedom, therefore, is at first only too frequently suggested by the deep-felt consciousness of its absence." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Exercise    Freedom   

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"The sensual and spiritual are linked together by a mysterious bond, sensed by our emotions, though hidden from our eyes. To this double nature of the visible and invisible world / to the profound longing for the latter, coupled with the feeling of the sweet necessity for the former, we owe all sound and logical systems of philosophy, truly based on the immutable principles of our nature, just as from the same source arise the most senseless enthusiasms." Wilhelm Humboldt
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"How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is." Wilhelm Humboldt
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Fate    Success   

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"Providence certainly does not favor just certain individuals, but the deep wisdom of its counsel, instruction and ennoblement extends to all." Wilhelm Humboldt
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